VINCI has begun upgrading the runways and runway lighting system at Toulon Hyères Airport in France.
VINCI Airports began operating the airport in 2015 under a 25-year French government concession awarded by the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) and the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.
“The launch of this works programme reflects our commitment to the naval air base and the DGAC to expand Toulon Hyères Airport and make it the gateway to the Var and thus boost the department’s prestige, in close and positive consultation with our local economic and tourist industry partners.” Said Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and president of VINCI Airports.
The upgrade works comprise:
– Renovation of the runways and taxiways
– Refurbishment of the airport’s runway lighting system
– Work to bring the airport into compliance with the French water law
As one of France’s three combined civil and military airports, Toulon Hyères requires day-to-day co-ordination between the VINCI Airports teams and the naval air base.
The airport has also been actively working to become greener, and particularly to reduce its carbon footprint. This work was recognised in September of this year with Toulon Hyères achieving ISO 14001 certification.
Toulon Hyères is also the first airport in France to test the Ground Power Unit, a zero-emission aircraft starter generator.
The €27.5 million upgrade, which includes €6.9 million in public funding, represents the largest investment in the airport since it was built in 1967.